Free skiing for Michigan 4th and 5th graders

Proos highlights expanded program offering free lift tickets to 27 Michigan resorts

LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Tuesday reminded residents that fourth and fifth graders in Michigan have the opportunity to get three free lift tickets to 27 participating Michigan ski areas under an expanded program by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA).

“This initiative is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new interest in outdoor exercise activities. Due to its success, it has now been extended to fifth graders,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program. Let’s get children excited about having fun in Michigan’s great outdoors.”

The “Cold is Cool” Fourth & Fifth Grade Ski & Ride Passport is one of the elements of MSIA’s “Cold is Cool” program, which is dedicated to improving the health of the children in the state by offering winter outdoor activities for all Michigan kids and their families.

In order for fourth and fifth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. Up to two students can ski free with each paying adult. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

The passport also includes additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops.

Residents can download an interactive application form by clicking here or visiting the MSIA website at www.goskimichigan.com. Click on “Cold is Cool – 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free!”

“The website can be a great resource, even if you are not participating in the free skiing program,” Proos said. “It features links to valuable information on other money-saving programs, ski equipment and Michigan lodging. One key link offers updated information for residents on ski and snow conditions to Michigan resorts, as well as details on amenities.”

For more information on the passport program, visit the MSIA website or call the organization at 1-248-620-4448.

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.